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Culture and History of Ethiopia

Culture and History - The most popular holiday is known as the historic route, a tour of seven to ten days that takes in all the main cultural highlights of Ethiopia. The main places you can visit are:

Axum - Situated in the north of Ethiopia, Axum is considered to be both the oldest and the most sacred town in Ethiopia. It is home to a series of stone stelae, the largest of which is over 24 metres high. The oldest of them has been dated to between 5,000-3,000 BC. Axum is also thought to have been a candidate for the home of the Queen of Sheba, the mysterious character who bewitched Solomon in the Bible stories. It is this connection that gives rise to the legend that the sacred Ark of the Covenant was removed from the temple in Jerusalem at this time and brought to Axum for safe keeping. The Church of Our Lady Mary in Zion in Axum is the place it is kept, although it is not possible to actually visit the central sanctum.

Gonder - One of the most popular holidays to Ethiopia is a trip to Gonder, in the Amhara Region. In the 1700s, Gonder was the capital of the Ethiopian empire, under Emperor Fasil. The Royal Enclosure is in the heart of the old city, surrounded by high stone walls. The most important Imperial buildings can be found in this area. There are five castles within the walls, dating back to the mid-18th century and earlier. There were also dozens of churches, as Gonder was the religious center of the country at that time. The most impressive church which still remains standing is the Debre Birhan Selassie. It has a marvelous 17th century fresco of eighty cherubic faces painted on the ceiling.

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